Accused surrenders in attack case

Staff Reporter
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‘Container' Santhosh, key accused in an ‘attempt to murder' case registered by the police in connection with the attack on V.B. Unnithan,Mathrubhumireporter, surrendered before a court at Thiruvalla on Tuesday morning and was produced before the Sasthamcotta Judicial First Class Magistrate Court (JFMC) in the evening.

He was then given to the custody of the Crime Branch-CID by judge of the Sasthamcotta JFMC Hari B. Chandran for seven days.

Mr. Unnithan was attacked on April 16 night at Sasthamcotta and is still in hospital. On Tuesday evening, Santhosh was produced before the Sasthamcotta JFMC by a police team led by Thiruvalla Circle Inspector Zacharia Mathew. Though his lawyers moved a bail application, the court rejected it.

In his affidavit to the court, Santhosh said he was surrendering before the court because some top police officers were involved in the attack on Mr. Unnithan.

Santhosh, engaged in the business of hiring out container trucks in Kochi, is a native of Kollam. Investigating officers said he had links with quotation gangs and was close to several police officers, most of them Kollam based. They said he was involved in several criminal cases but managed to get away because of his police connections.

The police had identified four members of a quotation gang involved in attacking Mr. Unnithan, of which three had been arrested.

The leader of the gang, Happy Rajesh, was murdered 14 days after the attack on Mr. Unnithan.

The investigating officers believe the murder could have been an act to destroy evidence.

The CB-CID team will question Santhosh for more details. There are allegations that some police officers are behind the incident.

Pathanamthitta Staff Reporter writes: Santhosh surrendered before the Judicial First Class Magistrate's Court in Thiruvalla on Tuesday morning. Judicial First Class Magistrate A.S. Mallika sent the accused to the Pathanamthitta sub-jail, directing the police to take him to the Sasthamcottah court on Tuesday itself.



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